I wholeheartedly appreciate the negativity of your review. Seriously. Negative feedback, especially when tactfully stated, means almost more to me than positive.
I'm very happy to hear that Snake and P.Rappa out-do Silent Horror in your eyes: it means we are learning, and that continued education and growth is visible in our work. This is evident even within Silent Horror. The ending was the last scene we shot, and arguably the best scene in the movie from a technical perspective (it also benefited from the introduction of a steadicam into our video aresenal). Compare that to the deleted scene where-in Steve and Sara travel to the hospital, and that growth becomes even more evident. If every project we undertake doesn't surpass a previous in some way or another, then what have we really accomplished? I'm glad to hear that as a unit we are maturing, and also glad everyone seems to love Nth Mile as much as I do.
I'm past the point of making excuses for the flaws in Silent Horror. Something you create should speak for itself; you shouldn't have to stand beside it every time someone watches it and provide annotations for why everything is the way it is (Oh, our light was dying here, or Oh, we WERE going to have a really impressive action sequence here...etc). IF you are doing that then you are holding on to the idea of what you wanted to create instead of embracing what you actually created.
If nothing else, I'll encourage you to check out the Production Commentary track with Joecam, Tim, and myself. You may get a kick out of us pointing out our own mistakes, making excuses, defending certain actresses performances in the name of diplomacy, and possibly even pointing out flaws you may have missed.
Again, thanks for an honest review.